The Guyanese contingent that will compete in the 2017 Islamic Games in Baku, Azerbaijan is buoyant of good performances in the respective disciplines ahead of their departure for the event today.
The Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) held a press conference yesterday where Coaches of the various disciplines expected their athletes to perform well. Athletics Coach Mark Scott said all the athletes should be at their best.
“As you guys would be aware of the silver medals by Emmanuel Archibald and Natrena Hooper at the recent Penn Relays, I am in constant contact with most of the athletes via social media and they are fit and ready, just last week Winston (George) ran a 20.78s in the 200m and was part of the male 4x100m at the Penn Relays, while Alita Moore, who is our only local athlete is fit and ready,” Scott noted.
Winston George was the only athlete to medal at the last Games, gaining two silver medals in the 200 and 400 metres at the Islamic Games in 2013 in Indonesia.
Boxing Coach, Clifton Moore indicated that GOA sent the two boxers, Joel Williamson and Desmond Amsterdam on a two-week training stint in Trinidad and Tobago and both boxers have gone through “vast improvements” in the two-month lead up to the games.
Table Tennis Coach, Idi Lewis noted that the event will give his six-member squad a chance to be world ranked. Six sport disciplines will travel to Baku and they include swimming, athletics, judo, boxing, table tennis and taekwondo.
Table Tennis will have the largest team of three males and females, including Chelsea Edghill, Trenace Lowe, Natalie Cummings, Christopher Franklin, Nigel Bryan and Joel Alleyne.
Athletics include four athletes, Hooper, Moore, George and Archibald.
Swimming will have two, Andrew Fowler and Earlando McRae. Boxing will have two as well, Williamson and Amsterdam and Judo two athletes, Joshua Buchanan and Earskine Trotman. Taekwondo will have one athlete in Adrian Spellen who is also overseas.
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